100 Largest Yachts 2009 #31: Vibrant Curiosity

Vibrant Curiosity | 280'4"

Talk about pedigree. Vibrant Curiosity is the fourth in Oceanco’s line of Y700-code yachts, which means she counts as sisterships fellow Top 100-ers like Alfa Nero (35) and Amevi (39). And though Oceanco says the sleek appearance of this full-displacement, deeply flared beauty mixes “luxury” and “sobriety,” we

100 Largest Yachts 2009 #12: Dilbar

DEBUT: Dilbar -- 360'9" ( tie )

Known as project Opal during her construction, Dilbar launched in 2008. Since then she’s often been mistaken for other yachts by amateur yachtspotters, most often the same-named number 94 on our list, which was launched by Oceanco in 2005. Interestingly, both vessels had the same interior designer,

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2009

There’s no denying that, economically speaking, this has been a turbulent year all over the world. And yet flipping through the 2009 edition of "The Power & Motoryacht 100" you’d hardly know it. That’s because this year’s lineup of the world’s 100 largest yachts features more than ten humungous newcomers—some conversions, some new-builds, all of them

American Custom Yachts 90

Back in 1989, Monterey Marine, which became American Custom Yachts (ACY), launched a vessel named Renegade. At 80 feet LOA, her displacement was a mere 120,000 pounds, even with twin 7,000-hp MTU diesels that each weighed nearly seven tons. She reportedly reached a top speed of 55.9 mph (48.6 knots), and claimed the title of world’s fastest sportfisherman.

Now ACY is at it again.

Blue Belle

Room for 12 guests, 32 crew, and two 20-plus-foot sportboats.

No, your eyes do not deceive you: This yacht’s hull is blue. Not just any blue, but baby blue—perhaps the babiest blue ever applied to that ultimate symbol of technological machismo, the megayacht.

That something so apparently insignificant as hull color can, in

Big bucks

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in April that about $13 million in grants would go to 14 major boating infrastructure projects from Florida to Washington. As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG), the funds will be allocated for new docks, boat slips, and other facilities to accommodate the nation’s recreational cruisers.

“Boating is

The Yacht that Vanished

Years ago, while packing boat-test gear into a Pelican case on the Fort Lauderdale waterfront, I fell into conversation with a white-haired gent in a plaid shirt who’d spent much of his life delivering yachts internationally. A garrulous soul, he told me a rousing story about a 75-foot Burger motoryacht he swore he’d seen down in Colombia 20 years before. She’d

A Different Kind of Cruising

Basic black gets the souped-up superyacht treatment from renowned designer Martin Francis.

At first glance, this column may seem like it’s in the wrong publication--better suited to Motor Trend, perhaps, than a motoryacht magazine. But trust me when I say the images here do indeed relate to yachts. In fact, they’re from the

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #1: Rising Sun

#1: RISING SUN—452'8"

Rising Sun kicked off 2008 by anchoring in one of her preferred places: North Sound in the British Virgin Islands. Good choice, Larry (that’s Larry Ellison, head of Oracle Corporation, to the uninitiated). Given the expanse of windows lining her upper decks, we’re sure Ellison and his guests thoroughly enjoyed the views in the

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008

With the news of late being dominated by weakness in the economy, politicians bickering over who’s the more qualified presidential candidate, and wildly unstable fuel prices, it’s a wonder we can concentrate on anything else. It’s times like this that we could all use a diversion. Thankfully, "America’s 100 Largest Yachts" is here to serve

And why not? For those of us who own a boat that

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #2: Octopus

#2: OCTOPUS—414'0"

There’s no way Paul Allen’s Octopus was going to host the wedding of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (a.k.a. Brangelina) this spring, despite the breathless claims made by our celeb-rag brethren: The yacht was scheduled for a maintenance visit to a shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. She’s been there since May and is expected to

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #3: Le Grand Bleu

#3: LE GRAND BLEU—370'0''

Forty-four-year-old Evgeny (Eugene) Shvidler, an oil and gas billionaire born in Russia but who became an American citizen, enjoys cruising on this big blue boat (hence her name). The yacht was among the first to receive an Environmental Protection Notation from Lloyd’s of London insurance agency because of her sewage and